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Two lecture/lab classes on Revit Families for the ORUG, Orlando Revit Users Group

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After coming back from Melbourne, Australia, where I participated at the Revit Technology Conference a few days ago, I would like to announce that I will be teaching in Orlando, Florida, another version of the same topics of the two lab classes that I taught in Australia, this time for the July and August meetings of the Orlando Revit Users Group (ORUG). The details about the place, time and dates for these classes will be in the Linkedin group of ORUG. The organizers will send an invitation to the members of the group. For more information, please refer to this link: ORUG

The theme of the two classes is the “emergency room” for families. It’s not an introduction to families. It’s not a beginner class. It’s not about easy families. It’s not about stories of success but, instead, stories of failure, most of them from users of discussion forums, who asked about how to solve these families, and failed in their attempts.

First, I will explain a recommended workflow for making Revit families, then I will present some difficult families that don’t work. Then I will indicate (or ask the audience) where in that workflow something could have been done better, and then I will present a solution to fix the families.  Since the families are difficult, fixing them is a “delicate operation”, that’s why we put the families in “the emergency room”.

The classes are a combination of lecture and lab. If you want to follow the exercises, bring your own laptop, with Revit 2014. The first class, in July, will present 3 or 4 generic families, and the second class, in August, will present 3 adaptive families. The specific topics of each class are listed below:

Class # 1 (July 8th)
“Emergency Room for Generic Families”


  • Recommended Workflow for making generic families
  • A “carrier” family, that is supposed to connect toilets and pipes and report fixture units, but the family is not sending the information of the fixture units to the pipes.
  • ORUG_GF_sample_1

  • A handrail for a swimming pool. Since pools are usually generic models, with the stairs as part of the generic model, this handrail is not made with the railing tool, but as a specialty equipment family. This handrail is supposed to have a fillet radius that needs to keep itself tangent to the slope of the handrail, regardless of the slope of the steps, or the number of treads; but the tangent does not want to cooperate…
  • ORUG_GF_sample_2

  • A parametric array for auditorium seating, that is supposed to be fully controlled by parameters, in regards to number of items, radius of the array, angle of aperture, and rotation or symmetry of the array. With the help of a fully parametric radial array, and some time, of course, you could do the seating for an auditorium, like this one:
  • ORUG_GF_sample_3

  • A structural double tee that is supposed to “warp” , having different elevations at its corners, to adjust to different elevations of a parking lot.
  • ORUG_GF_sample_4

    Class # 2: (August 12th)
    “Emergency Room for Adaptive Families”


  • Recommended workflow for making adaptive families
  • An adaptive “panel” which is supposed to be generated by clicking two points, and is supposed to rotate with the angle generated by a third point. But, of course, it’s not cooperating…
  • ORUG_AF_sample_1

  • A series of frames of beams for a roof, for example 21 frames, in which the frame # 1 has a triangular shape, and frame # 21 is a mirror image of the first frame, and each frame in between is an intermediate step between the shape of the first frame and the shape of the last frame. Got it? Well, it’s something like this:
  • ORUG_AF_sample_2

  • A decorative pattern for a wall, that is supposed to create the impression of a wave that goes up and down forever, by changing the shape of a triangular panel.
  • ORUG_AF_sample_3


    Well, that’s the program for my classes at ORUG. I hope to see you there! Remember, for more information, please refer to the ORUG’s Linkedin group. If you’re not in Linkedin, you need to become a member first, and then, you need to become a member of the ORUG group.

    If you have any questions about the content of these classes, please contact me, Alfredo Medina, at info@planta1.com

    About my personal notes from the Revit Technology Conference in Melbourne, I’m working on them, and that will be my next blog article.

    See you in our next blog…

    2014 Planta1.com, inc. , Alfredo Medina | permission to reproduce this article is granted if the name of the author and the URL of this article receive proper credit.


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